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Scouts lend a hand ahead of city’s marathon

April 18, 2017

Alastair Welch, ABP Southampton director helps Scouts pack bags for the ABP Southampton Marathon

A team of Scouts from Southampton have stayed true to their oath to do a good turn every day.

Youngsters from the 1st and 2nd Southampton Scout groups lent a hand as they helped organisers of the ABP Southampton Marathon prepare goody bags for this year’s event.

The bags, containing snacks, vouchers, t shirts and the all-important medals, will be handed to runners as they cross the finish line on April 23.

With 10,000 people due to take part in the full, half and 10k distances, the Scouts had a busy day packing thousands of bags.

Alastair Welch, ABP Southampton director, dropped by to thank the youngsters for their hard work. He said:

‘What makes me proud to be in Southampton is the community spirit and you can see it here in droves today. We’re so grateful to the Scouts for giving up their spare time to help make the ABP Southampton Marathon the success it is.’

The Scouts took time out from their bag packing to give Alastair a preview of the motivational banners they have been making to hold up on race day. The 2nd Southampton Scouts have volunteered as ABP Milemakers every year since the event’s inception and have become famous for the signs they hold up at the Common.

Alastair added:

‘They’re certainly a creative bunch and I can’t wait for the runners to see the results of their hard work.’

ABP, the company behind the city’s port, is sponsor of the ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k. As part of its support for the event it donates £250 to every community group or charity that volunteers as a milemaker at the event. More than 40 groups have signed up to volunteer as ABP Milemakers this year.

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